Pictures Lynn Glanville
Today is a milestone day for the 133 first year students of Temple Carrig School in Greystones. The new secondary school, which is under Church of Ireland patronage, opened its doors for its first day this morning (Monday September 1) and the first years of 2014 are the pioneers of learning in the new institution.
The students along with their teachers and principal, Alan Cox, gathered in St Patrick’s Church in Greystones yesterday afternoon for a service of dedication of the new school at which the Archbishop of Dublin, the Most Revd Dr Michael Jackson presided.
In his sermon, the Archbishop told the students: “You are the people who will make Temple Carrig happen and within your number you have all the characteristics and personalities to do so”. He encouraged them to be happy, adventurous and distinctive.
“Every pupil, whether with or without any difficulties around schooling or around personal challenges, deserves the entitlement to flourish and the opportunity to contribute. Every pupil receives the chance of a lifetime to shape and to be part of the picture to the world that is Temple Carrig for the future. Every pupil … has the chance to learn to share and in this way to make sure that nobody is left out, nobody is left behind, everybody is included and partakes of the plenty that is there for everyone to enjoy. There is no waste; there is the energy of each and every one of you for each other and for the school that is truly yours from today: Temple Carrig. Please go and enjoy it – together,” he said.
Archbishop Jackson thanked Mr Garrett Fennell (Board of Management), the Reverend Baden Stanley (Rector of Bray), the Reverend David Mungavin (Rector of Greystones), Mr Alan Cox (Principal), Dr Kenneth Fennelly (Church of Ireland Board of Education) and the Board of Temple Carrig for all they had done to bring the school to is opening day. He also thanked the Department of Edcuation, its Minister past and present and the staff for running with the vision for the school.
Addressing the congregation in the packed church, the Principal, Alan Cox, said that the occasion was a milestone in the school’s journey. He paid a personal tribute to the Board of Management and the committee who put the Church of Ireland patronage bid together. He also thanked the staff for their relentless enthusiasm.
“This day is a milestone. But it is not just one, it is 133 milestones because for the first years of Temple Carrig it is a huge milestone. This is a service of dedication and blessing for the students who are starting school. The service is about you guys – not about us congratulating ourselves but about you,” he said.
During the service, which was attended by clergy from the surrounding parishes of Bray, Delgany and Powerscourt, Minister of State Simon Harris, Deputy Andrew Doyle and Cllr Tom Fortune, students brought objects representing school life to the altar. These included a Bible, bulbs and seeds, a blank canvas and paints, and old copy, blank copy and a textbook, sports equipment and a musical instrument and a lunchbox.